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Today, the World's last sea-going paddle steamer, P.S. Waverley which has visited Irish ports, celebrates its 70th anniversary
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#Waverley70th - P.S. Waverley, the world’s last sea-going paddle streamer built for Scottish service, which in recent decades has visited Ireland, today celebrates her 70th anniversary since launching, writes Jehan Ashmore. The paddle steamer built in 1946 was the last of…
Dermot Kennedy with Liam Hegarty on the almost-completed new deck of the ketch Ilen at Oldcourt near Baltimore on Saturday
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The re-decking of the 57ft Conor O’Brien ketch Ilen (originally built Baltimore 1926) is the latest stage of this major restoration/re-build project to be nearing completion at Liam Hegarty’s boatyard at Oldcourt on the Ilen River between Skibbereen and Baltimore…
Engraving after a drawing by Capt George Back of HMS Terror town up by polar ice
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#HMSTerror - The discovery of what appears to be the wreck of the long-lost HMS Terror may rewrite the history of one of the biggest mysteries of polar exploration. According to The Guardian, the nearly completely intact Vesuvius-class bomb vessel…
New boats to a classic design. On the waterfront at Clontarf, the IDRA 14 Wicked Sadie (left) and the Waldringfield Dragonfly Phoenix (right) are both 2016-completed to an O’Brien Kennedy design with its origins in 1938
W M Nixon
A two-day celebration in a coastal suburb of Dublin to mark the 70th birthday of a 14ft One-Design sailing dinghy class may not seem an event of major significance in an island nation which can trace its recreational sailing history…
IDRA 14s at Lough Derg Yacht Club
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There were ideal saiing conditions at Lough Derg Yacht Club for the 22 boats competing at this year's IDRA 14 dinghy national championships writes Philip Hackett. I set off for this year’s nationals thinking that a fairly sedate affair was in…
calypso leads in race 3 of the International 12 Footer & Dublin Bay Sailing Club 12 Footer Irish Championship
Racing
With so much interest in single handed Olympic sailing, it is appropriate that the 12–footers had their Irish championships a week after Annalise’s success in Rio at the Royal St. George Yacht Club. The 12–footers were used for the Olympic…
Alan Robinson, CEO of Docklands Business Forum, at one of the Georgian Graving Docks at the Grand Canal Basin, Dublin
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#SaveDryDocks - Dublin’s Grand Canal Basin which features three Georgian drydocks writes Lorna Siggins of The Irish Times could be regenerated for theatre space, children’s recreation and marine repairs, according to a docklands business group. The Grand Canal Basin in the…
The 38th Cruinniú na mBád Festival was celebrated at the weekend
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Although this year's 38th Galway Hooker racing at Cruinniú na mBád was cut short due to the high winds there was still plenty of activity at Galway's maritime sailing festival. 'Aisling Geal', Bob Quinn's original 1979 film of the first Cruinniu…
The elegantly swept lines of the clinker planking makes the ever-young IDRA 14 a proper classic. This is IDRA 14 Number 38, Starfish, a multiple championship winning boat. See champions list below.
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It takes a leap of the imagination to realise what a remarkable breakthrough the introduction of the Irish Dinghy Racing Association 14ft One Design represented in 1946 writes W M Nixon. But the 70th Anniversary celebrations of this ever-young classic…
The Mermaid championship concluded in a blow in Howth Yacht Club at the weekend
Howth YC
The Howth Yacht Club hosted the Classic One-Design Regatta - incorporating the National Championships of the Dublin Bay Mermaid and Howth 17 Footer classes. Download Mermaid results below. Even before you could see them, the vapour of varnish bumbled over…
Jonathan O’Rourke’s top Mermaid class Tiller Girl from the National YC will be racing the Mermaid Nationals 2016 as part of the Howth Classic One Design Regatta from August 4th to 7th.
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For many years now the 1898-founded Howth 17s have spun quite an event out of their annual “National Championship” writes W M Nixon. It may only be a weekend series for a vintage one-design class at its home port, but…
The International 12 foot Dinghy Class and Dublin Bay 12 footer Irish Championships will be hosted on August 30th
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The historic International 12 foot Dinghy Class and Dublin Bay 12 footer Irish Championships will be hosted by the Royal St. George Yacht Club on August 30th.  Only one race is required to be completed to constitute a series and…
Glandore as it can be when summer arrives. This weekend sees its well-established biennial Maritime Summer School include an expert presentation by Vincent O’Shea of Met Eireann on Ireland’s Atlantic weather.
Historic Boats
If you’ve been wondering just when the current spell of unsettled weather might give way to better conditions, not to mention what has been causing it all in the first place, then the lovely natural harbour and pretty village of…
The Cot is finished  Some of the building team, from left to right – Tommy McMahon, Rowing Club Belturbet – Seamus Connelly, Cavan Men’s Shed – Jonny Brown, Cavan Men’s Shed – Kevin Brady, Cavan Men’s Shed – George Morrissey, Belturbet Community Association, Historian, Author and member of Lough Erne Heritage – Bert Robinson, member of Lough Erne Heritage – Michael Lee, Cavan Men’s Shed – Fred Ternan, Lough Erne Heritage.
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In early 2015 a number of Fermanagh people, some whose families go back for generations working and living on and around Lough Erne, were brought together to discuss their concerns that the history and heritage of wooden boat building on…
Colleen Deas from Glandore Harbour Yacht Club
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Colleen Deas, from Glandore Harbour Yacht Club, a replica of the traditional Dublin Bay class that dates from the 1800's, was sailing in the summer sunshine in Cork Harbour yesterday.
One of a pair of 6"inch bow-mounted guns of HMS Caroline, the recently opened newest visitor attraction in Belfast's Titanic Quarter
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#EnjoyNI2016 – A must see is Belfast’s newest visitor attraction HMS Caroline, a World War 1 light battle cruiser, uniquely the last survivor of the 1916 Battle of Jutland, berthed in the city’s Titantic Quarter, writes Jehan Ashmore. The slaughter…

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